Cap on Unfair Dismissal Compensation Award Reduced
Where a tribunal finds that an employee has been unfairly dismissed, they make an award of compensation to the ex-employee which the employer must pay. There are two parts to the award:
The Basic Award - this is calculated in a similar manner to statutory redundancy payments and is linked to age, length of service and pay.
The Compensatory Award - this is calculated as the loss of earnings suffered by the ex-employee due to the unfair dismissal and may include an element for future loss of earnings (which is estimated by the tribunal taking into account the evidence provided relating to the job market, etc.)
The Compensatory Award has always had a cap which has been increased each year in line with inflation. It is currently £74,200. However, this has now been restricted further so that it will be limited to 52 weeks' pay or the maximum cap (£74,200), whichever is lower. The maximum cap will continue to be increased year on year, but the 52 week restriction is unlikely to be altered.